“The Barrington Benches,” located across from Grand Parade on Barrington Street, have brand-new lighting features thanks to a Gritty to Pretty Grant of $9,890 from DHBC. The lighting project was the result of a successful application by Fusion Halifax with lighting design and installation by T4G Labs. The Barrington Benches, themselves, were made possible through the District 7 Council discretionary funding forum and were installed in 2014. The Freak Lunchbox building at 1729 Barrington Street is also brighter at night with lighting made possible through a $2,800 DHBC Façade Lighting Grant. The program was a pilot project to illuminate the front and the side of the building and to highlight the painted mural by artist Jason Botkin. Lighting for both projects is powered by Freak Lunchbox and installed by electrician, Roy (Sly) Sylvain.
“It’s satisfying to see an idea come to life,” said Paul MacKinnon, Executive Director of DHBC. “The lighting was the second phase of the Barrington Benches and it was a labour of love for T4G Labs and Fusion Halifax. They put a lot of time and effort into the project, above and beyond the original scope. The Freak Lunchbox façade lighting was a great way to showcase the mural and to illuminate a beautifully painted building. We now have an annual Façade Lighting Grant because of its success.”
T4G developed the interactive digital display, “Heartbeat of the City,” for the Barrington Benches. Using algorithms, sensor technology, and LED lighting. When foot traffic is slow, the space evokes a sense of calm. When the sidewalk is busy, the lights react in such a way to reflect the energy of the street. This is their first step towards doing other innovative projects in the community with the aim to improve the engagement of citizens with their city.
About DHBC Beautification Grants:
In 2015, DHBC launched two grant programs: Gritty to Pretty Beautification Grant and Façade Lighting Grant. Both programs were developed to award a limited number of grants for beautification projects located in Downtown Halifax. These projects contribute to DHBC’s beautification efforts to make Downtown Halifax welcoming to locals and visitors alike.